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Goodell: Negotiations best way

CHANTILLY, VA - MARCH 02: NFL Commissioner Roger

CHANTILLY, VA - MARCH 02: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell leaves a meeting with NFL owners at a hotel on March 2, 2011 in Chantilly, Virginia. The NFL owners are meeting in Chantilly to discuss negotiations with the players union about a collective bargaining agreement that expires March 3, at midnight. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Photo Credit: Getty/Rob Carr

Washington, D.C. - As part of the agreement to extend Collective Bargaining Agreement talks for another week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is prohibited from divulging details of the negotiations. But he did say this afternoon that the answer to all the problems affecting the league and its labor union is through just that: negotiation. 

"We believe that this will be solved through negotiations, and that’s what we're focused on," he said. "So we’ll continue to work hard and we’ll be back next week. This is going to get resolved through negotiations. Not from litigation. So, talking is better than litigating." 

I asked Goodell if he sensed there was movement in the talks, and he invoked the media blackout imposed by federal mediator George Cohen. But he did say, "We continue to work hard, and I think the fact that we’re continuing this dialogue is a positive sign."

Goodell said both sides would take the weekend off and resume talks on Monday. "We’re going to continue to work as hard as we can, I promise."


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